Construction diverts Central Fair parade route

By Cindy Yurth
Tséyi’ Bureau

CHINLE, Aug. 14, 2014

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There have been persistent rumors that the Central Fair parade would be canceled due to the construction on U.S. 191, right where the parade usually runs.

Fear not!

If you think we here in Central Agency are about to let a little thing like massive road construction on a federal highway stop our parade, well, you’ve never been here during fair season.

The parade route will merely deviate a tad from its usual route from the south end of Chinle north toward Basha’s. This year the parade will start at the flea market, head south on 191 (the part that isn’t being widened) to Navajo Route 7 and turn east on 7 to the BIA parking lot.

One of the highlights of the Central Navajo Fair, the parade will be the morning of Saturday, Aug. 23, but there will be plenty of fair activity before and after that. A schedule is printed below.

This year’s theme, appropriate for an agency that has not only one of the largest IHS hospitals but also many medicine men, is “Honoring our Modern and Traditional Health Care Providers."

Avery Denny, a medicine man and Navajo studies instructor at Diné College, will represent traditional healers as one of the grand marshals, while the IHS’s Chinle Service Unit will select several providers to represent modern providers, according to the fair’s website,

As they have in recent years, the family of slain Navajo Nation Police Sgt. Darrell C. Curley will sponsor an 8K competitive race and a two-mule fun run beginning at 8 a.m. just prior to the start of the parade.

Pre-registration fees of $20 and $15, respectively, will benefit the Arizona chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, a charity that helps grieving families of peace officers killed in the line of duty.

The run is rapidly becoming a beloved fair tradition. Contact Craig at 928-349-2650 or Nancy at 928-349-1881 for more information, or register online on the fair website.

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